The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, February 24, 1978, Image 1

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Vol. 71 No. 105
8 Pages
Friday, February 24, 1978
College Station, Texas
News Dept. 845-2611
Business Dept. 845-2611
Inside Friday:
Library doormen ‘chalk it up to
progress,’ p. 5.
The door-to-door magazine sale:
another fast swindle? p. 2.
Women’s basketball team loses to
TSU 64-61, p. 7.
Treaty changes found
after Sorenson visit
Good weather and good music
Battalion photo by Dennis Billingsley
Mike Boone and Todd Griesenbeck take advan
tage of the fine weather as they perform for the
lunch-time crowd in front of the Memorial Stu
dent Center. The Basement Committee, which
operates the Basement Coffeehouse, also sponsors
the noon entertainment. Boone is a senior an
thropology major at A&M and Griesenbeck is a
senior psychology major.
United Press International
WASHINGTON — The Senate plans to
look further into an unusual intermediary
role played by Theodore Sorenson, Presi
dent Carter’s first choice to be CIA direc
tor, during a critical time into the Panama
Canal treaty negotiations.
Some members are concerened the
United States may have made major treaty
conessions to assuage threats by Panama
nians angered over press-reported com
ments by Sol Linowtz, chief U.S. treaty
According to the reports, Linovvitz
commented about U.S. “intervention”
rights once the canal came under Panama
nian control — an emotional subject in
Senate sources said it was possible
Sorenson was an unofficial Carter emissary
and party to some of the reported conces
sions. The administration denies Sorenson
played a negotiating role.
Sorenson, a former John F. Kennedy
aide, had been selected by Carter to head
the CIA, but his nomination ran into trou
ble because he had taken some Kennedy
White House papers with him to write a
book. The nomination was withdrawn.
Treaty opponents told UPI of four major
changes in the treaties that occurred after
Sorenson’s visit with Panamanian leader
Gen. Omar Torrijos on July 16, 1977.
They were:
—Dropping a provision requiring prior
ity passage for U.S. ships;
—Adding a provision requiring Pana
ma’s permission if the United States wants
to build a new canal;
—Sharply reducing the number of
Americans receiving diplomatic immunity
in Panama;
—Eliminating a provision allowing a
prisoner exchange similar to that recently
negotiated with Mexico.
In an interview with UPI Thursday,
Sen. Harrison Schmitt, R-N.M., ex
pressed concern about Sorenson’s role and
called information provided by the admin
istration in this area “very sparce. ’
Schmitt said during the closed Senate
session. Sen. Malcolm Wallop, R-Wyo.,
made some “Excellent points on changes
that did occur” after July 16, but Schmitt
didn’t know if they were related to Soren
son’s visit.
Both Schmitt and Wallop are members
of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
onstruction date set for new
lassroom-labs-office building
pstrliction of a new, six-stor\ build-
|>n campus is scheduled to begin Feb-
building, now referred to as the
Bemic and Agency Building, will have
,170 square feet of floor space, said
|ry E. Zenner Jr., project coordinator.
1 be located where the barracks now
behind the Reed McDonald Build-
le cost is estimated to be $16 million,
Zenner. This figure includes the cost
ing utilities and barracks and cost of
[itureand equipment in addition to the
construction cost,
pn Burke, project manager with the
liiston architectural firm Koetter,
■p, Cowell and Bartlett, estimated the
uding and landscape cost to be more
i $13 million. His company received a
Jtract with Texas A&M University last
lember to design the building,
xecutive Vice Chancellor for Adminis-
pn W. Clyde Freeman said funding for
project will come out of the Board of
ents’construction fund. This is divided
i three separate funds: the University
liable fund, the permanent University
1 bond proceeds, and the combined fee
:nue bonds proceeds. The total cost of
building will be divided among these
ie funds, said Freeman,
he project originated out of a need for
sroom and lab space, said Freeman,
reusing enrollment made the Academic
Agency Building a “high priority
on the Board of Regent’s five-yeitr
struction program, he added,
he Academic and Agency Building will
[the largest classroom facility on cam-
said Zenner. He said there will be
ut 37 classrooms on the first lev el, in-
ingone with the capacity to seat about
people. The total number of class
rooms will be approximately 40, Zenner
The remaining space in the building will
house laboratories and offices. The
English and accounting departments will
be located on the second lev el. The man
agement, marketing, business analysis and
research, and finance departments will be
on the third level and the fourth level will
house the Institute of Statistics, the
Executive Development Program (EDP),
and the Texas Transportation Institute
(TTI). The Ti l also will completely occupy
the fifth level and part of the sixth. On the
sixth floor will be the Research Founda
tion and the Texas Real Estate Center.
The building will house more than 1,000
stall members and about 2,000 students at
one time, Zenner said. Student traffic will
be confined mainly to the first lev el where
most of the classrooms are located, he
To build the Academic and Agency
Building, this summer four barracks will
be torn down and four will be relocated for
further use, said Paul W. Stephens, man
ager of the Facilities Planning Division.
Those barracks will be moved east, closer
to the Cyclotron Building, he added.
The people now using these buildings
are from various departments and colleges
on campus which have run out of space.
“There are little pieces of activates in
these buildings, said Stephens. Some ar
chitecture students already moved into
the Langford Architecture Building, he
Freeman said the remaining people will
be moved later on this semester before the
barracks are removed.
Bids for a building construction contract
will be "let six to nine months from now,
said Freeman.
Zenner said the official groundbreaking
will be in February or March of 1979.
Construction should end in June or July
1981 and the move-in date is expected to
be later that summer. The building is two
months ahead of schedule now, said Zen
The architects have completed the pre
liminary design stage and have receiv ed
permission to begin the blueprints, or de
tail design .stage*.
Burke said architects from his firm meet
with faculty and staff members who will
work in the new building, several times
during the plaining stage.
During these meetings, Burke said his
firm obtains feedback and ideas about each
user s designated space.
The English department, which will oc
cupy the first lev el of the building, has
planned to have K) 27-seat classrooms,
said Zenner.
Dr. David H. Stewart, English depart
ment head, said smaller classrooms were
designed for English classes w hich require
a small student-teacher ratio, such as
freshman English courses.
However, the rooms will be designed to
be flexible, said Zenner.
The Academic and Agency Building w ill
be an energy-efficient building, Zenner
The building, roughly the shape of a
parallelogram when view from above, w ill
have its longest walls facing north and
south and its shortest walls will face east
and west, said Burke. This minimizes the
heat gain on the sides of the building w ith
the most exposure to the sun.
The building is equipped with
spandrels, board bands running between
the columns above the windows so as not
to block the v iew from the windows, said
Spandrels work on the same principle as
the sun v isors in cars, but thev do not ex
tend from above the window — thev are
separate from the window wall.
Other special features of the building
will be a remote computing facility, four
classrooms containing computer terminals
and a specialized study center with media
centers, said Zenner.
The Academic and Agency Building w ill
help consolidate offices for the College of
Business Administration, the Texas Real
Estate Research (.'enter and TTI.
Council rezones
land, allots money
The College Station City Council Thursday rezoned tracts of land in the South
west Parkway-Wellborn Road area, set the date for a $9.1 million bond election,
and agreed to donate $15,000 to the Safety City project.
Several tracts in the Southwest Parkway area were down-zoned from R-6, a high
density apartment zoning, to R-4 and R-5, low and medium density zonings. One
tract that had been designated A-0, agricultural-open, was rezoned to R-2, a
duplex zoning. This tract is surrounded by residential areas, and one commerical
The Planning and Zoning Commission had submitted priority and alternate
proposals for the City Council’s consideration. After voting on the tracts in a
piecemeal fashion to start, and then voting on the proposal as a whole, the coun
cil’s final zoning plan closely resembled the alternate proposal.
A petition had been filed by property owners protesting the downzoning of
their 75 acres from the high density apartment zoning to a single family unit
zoning. However, councilman Gary Halter said the petition was invalid, because
only one of the two property owners had signed the petition. If the petition were
valid, a three-fourths vote would be required of the council to change the zoning.
Since the council vote was 6-1, the petition had no affect on the zoning.
The council also tentatively set April 1 as the date for voters to approve a $9.1
billion bond issue. $3 million will be paid by taxes, and the remaining $6 will come
from revenue from utility sales. The bonds, if approved, will go to fund utility
improvements, a street rebuilding project, park acquisitions, and a water revenue
Communism to threaten U.S.,
Birch Society member says
I don’t want to live in socialist state,”
id Patricia Hurley in a speech Thursday
Hudey, a member of the John Birch So-
fety, spoke in a Political Forum presenta-
Hurley said that through the Yalta
Agreement, the Suez Canal incident and
Filing deadline
ends Wednesday
for city elections
Only two candidates have filed for Col-
ege Station's city election.
Wednesday is the last day candidates
nay submit petitions to have their name
’laced on the ballot for the April 1 munic
ipal election.
Four postions appearing on the ballot
ndude mayor and councilmen for Places
!,4 and 6.
Official candidates as of Thursday are:
James H. Dozier, associate professor of
inance at Texas A&M University, for
louncilman. Place 6.
Tony Jones, owner of Tony Jones Con
struction Co., Inc., for councilman. Place
the focused attention on the Panama Ca
nal, communism will become a threat to
the United States.
Hurley’s conculsion is based upon
Nikolai Lenin’s ideologies of the spread of
communism. Lenin said Eastern Europe
should be taken as a buffer. Next, the Suez
Canal area should be taken, and finally the
Panama Canal. Communism should work
for Cuba, which is the door to the western
hemisphere, according to Lenin. Com
munism, she said, then becomes a major
Hurley said that China, through the
power of Mao Tse Tung and his beliefs in
communism, has made these ideas of
Lenin work.
The Yalta Agreement launched the first
threat of communism, she said. During
the talks, Eastern Europe was to be taken
and turned into satellite countries under
Soviet rule, said Hurley.
She said the threat spread further when
President Carter signed an agreement to
return the crown of St. Stephen to the
people of Hungary. The U.S. had agreed
to hold the crown until the people could
take back the land themselves. But Hurley
said that by returning the crown so soon,
the president placed it in the hands of
The Suez Canal incident was the next
step in furthering the spread, Hurley said.
Egyptian president Carnal Abdal Nassar,
took over the canal from the British, Israel
moved in to claim her territory. This
threat closed down the canal to shipping
traffic, and Henry Kissinger was sent to
settle and to negotiate peace. Hurley said
the U.S. ended up giving $300 million to
Nassar to reopen the canal. However, she
contended that revolutionaries are now
trying to remove any kind of U.S. in
volvement with the canal. With this, she
said, Nassar holds the key for any kind of
traffic that passes through the Mediterra
nean and the Indian Ocean.
The U.S. also was greatly hurt with the
overtaking of Willis Air Force Base in
Libya, Hurley said.
Hurley focused her last point on the
Panama Canal. She said the U.S. needs
better negotiations with Panama so naval
bases and air force installations can remain
n that country.
Hurley predicted that if the U.S. loses
Panama, communism is only one step
away from Cuba.
“Communism is the most ancient form
of man’s inhumanity to man,” Hurley said.
She said she wanted to see it stopped be
fore Lenin’s ideologies became reality.
Hurley is the daughter of the late Gen
eral Patrick J. Hurley, former Secretary of
War and Ambassador to China. She was
for years her father’s confidante, with
complete access to his records, reports and
Flying high and long
Paper planes invade Zachry
“Ya wanna enter it?
“Come on, let s try it!
The main ball room of Zachary
Engineering Center became the
runway for the Second Annual
Great Paper Aeroplane Contest
Thursday afternoon. The contest
was limited to students, faculty and
staff personnel of Texas A&M Uni
A 50 cent entry fee was the cost
for everyone entering the three
categories. For each category in
which they won, entrants were
awarded a $10 cash prize, plus a
ticket for two to the Engineer’s Ball
on March 3.
The categories were: distance and
accuracy, time in flight, and design
originality and appearance. Robert
Winkler, senior in the Corps of
Cadets, was the contest director.
Professor Emeritus George
Thompson of the mechanical engi
neering department, Dr. Dave Nor
ton of aerospace engineering and
Assistant Dean Ned Walton were
judges for the event. The announcer
was Dr. Alvin Meyer of the civil en
gineering department.
Cylinders, rockets, airplanes, and
even a wadded-up, masking tape
ball were seen gliding and spiraling
through the air.
Glenn Baker, who entered his
original masking tape ball just min
utes before the deadline, was dis
qualified. His entry was not quite in
the spirit of an aeroplane, Meyer
said. Meyer later announced that
Baker would be awarded a special
prize of $5 for his entry, for “guts if
nothing else.”
The first event, design and origi
nality, brought to attention the vari
ous shapes and sizes of the entries.
Rules for this category were the sta
bility of the aeroplane, general
neatness and appearance, and origi
nality. The event was won by Doug
French, with a yellow,
indescribably-shaped entry. Robert
Merrill took second place, and
Doug French again took third with
his second entry.
The second event was for longest
time in flight. The contestants went
to the second level of the ballroom
and let their entries fly, glide, or fall
down. Scott Pendleton’s gyro
copter spindled to the ground in
11.63 seconds, winning the event.
Robert Byrne took second at 9.4
seconds, and Doug French placed
third at 7.52 seconds.
The last event, distance and accu
racy, would have been won by
Glenn Baker, who threw his
wadded-tape plane 79 feet, 11.5
inches, had he not been disqualified
First place went to Robert Merrill s
cylinder, which flew 50 feet, 6
inches. Second place went to Greg
Pekar, at 49 feet, 6 inches, and third
was taken by Gustavo O'Byrne at 48
feet, 9.5 inches.
The event was sponsored by the
Texas Society of Professional Engi
neers, of which Meyer is the faculty
Battalion photo by Stisiin Wobb.
A new dance step? No, it’s the follow-through after Robert Mer
rill throws a paper airplane. The junior meterology major demon
strated his technique Thursday in Zachry Engineering Center dur
ing the second annual great Paper Aeroplane Contest. Merrill won
first place on distance and second place for design of a paper
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